The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Turning their backs on revenue
I'm calling in regard to the City Council of Batavia rejecting the lifting of the ban on video gambling. Why would any city turn their backs on tens of thousands of dollars of revenue? Don't tell us it's for the good of Batavia. If you were thinking about the city and people of Batavia, then you would approve the video gambling like Elburn, Sugar Grove and North Aurora. We are stuck with the mess with the electric department, so why not try to offset the burden on the people of Batavia by increasing the revenue taken in by video gambling? Just think – there may be enough money left over to put up another ugly arch or two.
Stop worrying about the little things
Batavia Mayor Schielke and the Batavia City Council refused the request for video gaming at the VFW member-only club. The group mentioned that there would be not much value with video gaming in Batavia. [What] is the former First Baptist Church doing to enhance Batavia? How about the vacant storefronts on Randall Road and the number of storefronts that have received monetary grants and have since closed in downtown Batavia? Have the millions of tax dollars spent on the beautification of downtown done anything to bring in more retail and sales? Batavia has a problem, more than video [gambling] licenses. ... Batavia has to get out of the 19th century and stop worrying about the little things because there are bigger things in the future.
Why legislate morality?
I really don't care one way or another whether the video gambling thing is lifted in Batavia. However, why is it right for the city to legislate morality? Isn't it immoral to keep giving business loans and business grants to all these businesses that keep opening up in the same places, stay for a year and then leave after they cost the city $100,000? What about taking care of the people and letting them make their own decisions? And what about these "holier-than-thou" churches who sponsor bingo and raffles? What is ... different between bingo, raffles, video gambling, pull tabs, lottery and all of this? You know, you can't say you're moral one way and immoral another. Either you are or you aren't. I think we have far too many rules and regulations. We have far too much immorality, and I think that people should be allowed to make their own decisions about what they want to do and let God sort them out.
We love Geneva
This is to thank the couple from the Geneva Diner last Sunday for paying for my family’s breakfast. We don't know who you are, and we are grateful for your generous gesture. That is one example of the many reasons we love Geneva.
That is the difference
I'm responding to “A nation of immigrants.” They say the people who came from Europe, like my grandparents did, that of course they could not work for a lawyer or banker. I don't think they expected it. At that time, when my grandparents came from Europe, they didn't speak English. They had to learn English. They didn't go to the library. They didn't get free everything. That’s what I’m saying. It’s the word "free," and no I’m not going to stop glorifying my grandparents and aunts and uncles who came here and learned English. My grandpa worked, and he didn’t expect to be a lawyer and get high pay. The immigrants that come here expect big money because they know U.S. has big money, whether they have the experience or not. That is the difference.
Jesus is not paying for them
I’m responding to "What would Jesus do?" All this talk about the children, the immigrants that are coming to the U.S., on what to do with all of them. The person states that if you are Christian ... yes I am. Most of us are, but who is going to feed, clothe and pay for their education? If you want to adopt children, go ahead. What would Jesus do? Jesus would take them all in, but really Jesus is not paying for them. It’s either going to come from higher taxes ... the money has to come from someplace. People who are rallying around them and let the children have faith and everything, how many of those people are going to adopt them? Don’t talk, act.
Looking good, St. Charles
After years of road construction, I'm happy to say that it is a joy to drive on Route 64. Thank you to Heinz Brother's Nursery, Jersey Mike's, Bosa Donuts, Zimmerman Ford ... for the beautiful landscaping they've installed in front of their businesses. It adds so much ... to the east side of Route 64 and St. Charles. Looking good, St. Charles.
Dogs should not be allowed
This is in regards to all outdoor events. Dogs should not be allowed, especially at the marketplaces. They're not allowed in grocery stores, so why should they be ambling through the markets? Many people do not like to have dogs sniffing, and some are even afraid of dogs. And also at concerts ... keep them at home. I'm sure dogs would like it much better than going through a mob of people, getting stepped on and having their ears blasted.
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